Lagos Zoo has hosted an Ocelot and the number of cats increases

Lagos Zoo has gathered an Ocelot, a feline endemic to the forests of Latin America and the southern United States, […]

Lagos Zoo has added an Ocelot, a feline endemic to the forests of Latin America and the southern United States, to its batch of tenants. Also known as wild cat, because it resembles a domestic cat, this animal can already be seen in the Zoo located in Bensafrim.

«With nocturnal habits, Ocelot spends most of its time sleeping in the branches of trees or hiding in the vegetation. And this species of feline lives in pairs, which is very rare to see among these animals», revealed the Lagos Zoo.

“They feed on small and medium-sized mammals, such as rodents, monkeys, bats and others. It also eats lizards, snakes and turtles eggs. It hunts birds, and some are good fishermen. It measures between 65 centimeters and one meter in length, apart from the tail, which can reach 45 centimeters. It weighs between 8 and 16 kilos,” he added.

Currently, this feline is disappearing, not only due to hunting, as the Ocelot's skin is much sought after, but also because there is a black market for these animals, as there are those who want to have a specimen of this species at home «as an animal exotic pet'.

An ocelot can live up to 20 years in captivity, and life expectancy in its natural habitat may be shorter. Each brood of Leopardus pardalis, scientific name of Ocelot, can have one to four offspring.

 

Enter an Ocelot, exit a Lemur

 

One of the Lagos Zoo's Red Lemurs, born in this infrastructure, will move to Spain, more specifically to the «Faunia» park in Madrid. A transfer made under an endangered species conservation program, which will take place today.

In Madrid, the young Algarvian Lemur will join another family of Red Lemurs. Currently, there are more than 200 individuals of this species of primates in 42 zoos around the world, according to Zoo de Lagos. The exchange of specimens between parks is normal, in order to avoid inbreeding.

On average these animals measure about 56 centimeters and can live up to 27 years. This species is only found in northeastern Madagascar. It is in serious danger of extinction. Although their status in their natural habitat is not fully known, recent studies show that there has been a large decline in these animals in the wild,” he said.

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